Overview

The AutoRally platform is a high-performance testbed for self-driving vehicle research. The robot was developed at Georgia Tech by Brian Goldfain and Paul Drews, both advised by James Rehg, with contributions from many other students. A brief history of the project can be found here. The platform is designed as a self contained system that requires no external sensing or computing. The robot is a robust, cost-effective, and safe platform that opens the space of aggressive autonomous off-road driving to researchers and hobbyists.

The core software and simulation environment for the platform are publicly available along with tutorials. Build instructions for the chassis and compute box, complete parts list, CAD models, and operating procedures are released in a separate GitHub repository. If you are interested in the platform, fork and test the simulation, check out the documentation, and let us know if you have any questions.

Slides from Brian Goldfain's PhD thesis defense covering the platform and selected experiments is available in [PDF] and a 480MB [PPT] with videos.

Attribution

We request that any work that uses the AutoRally platform or its core components (e.g. simulation environments) please site the following article:

AutoRally: An Open Platform for Aggressive Autonomous Driving. Brian Goldfain, Paul Drews, Changxi You, Matthew Barulic, Orlin Velev, Panagiotis Tsiotras, James M. Rehg. Control Systems Magazine (CSM), 2019. [PDF][BibTex]

Publications that use AutoRally

Ensemble Bayesian Decision Making with Redundant Deep Perceptual Control Policies. Keuntaek Lee, Ziyi Wang, Bogdan Vlahov, Harleen Brar, Evangelos A Theodorou. To be appear, ICMLA, 2019. [PDF][BibTex]

Perceptual Attention-based Predictive Control. Keuntaek Lee, Gabriel Nakajima An, Viacheslav Zakharov, Evangelos A Theodorou. To be appear, CoRL, 2019. [PDF][BibTex]

Locally Weighted Regression Pseudo-Rehearsal for Online Learning of Vehicle Dynamics. Grady Williams, Brian Goldfain, Keuntaek Lee, Jason Gibson, James M Rehg, Evangelos A Theodorou. To be appear, CoRL, 2019. [PDF][BibTex]

An Online Learning Approach to Model Predictive Control. Nolan Wagener, Ching-An Cheng, Jacob Sacks, Byron Boots. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2019. [PDF][BibTex]

Early Failure Detection of Deep End-to-End Control Policy by Reinforcement Learning. Keuntaek Lee, Kamil Saigol, Evangelos A Theodorou. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2019. [PDF][BibTex]

Vision-Based High-Speed Driving With a Deep Dynamic Observer. Paul Drews, Grady Williams, Brian Goldfain, Evangelos A Theodorou, James M Rehg. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2019. [PDF][BibTex]

Robust Sampling Based Model Predictive Control with Sparse Objective Information. Grady Williams, Brian Goldfain, Paul Drews, Kamil Saigol, James M Rehg, Evangelos Theodorou. Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), 2018. [PDF][BibTex]

Agile autonomous driving using end-to-end deep imitation learning. Yunpeng Pan, Ching-An Cheng, Kamil Saigol, Keuntaek Lee, Xinyan Yan, Evangelos Theodorou, Byron Boots. Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), 2018. [PDF][BibTex]

Best Response Model Predictive Control for Agile Interactions Between Autonomous Ground Vehicles. Grady Williams, Brian Goldfain, Paul Drews, James M Rehg, Evangelos A Theodorou. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2018. [PDF][BibTex]

Information-Theoretic Model Predictive Control: Theory and Applications to Autonomous Driving. Grady Williams, Paul Drews, Brian Goldfain, James M Rehg, Evangelos A Theodorou. IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO), 2018. [PDF][BibTex]

Aggressive Deep Driving: Model Predictive Control with a CNN Cost Model. Paul Drews, Grady Williams, Brian Goldfain, Evangelos A. Theodorou, James M. Rehg. Conference on Robotic Learning (CoRL), 2017. [PDF][BibTex]

Information theoretic MPC for model-based reinforcement learning. Grady Williams, Paul Drews, Brian Goldfain, James M Rehg, Evangelos A Theodorou. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017. [PDF][BibTex]

Vehicle Modeling and Parameter Estimation Using Adaptive Limited Memory Joint-State UKF. Changxi You, Panagiotis Tsiotras. American Control Conference (ACC), 2017. [PDF][BibTex]

Aggressive driving with model predictive path integral control. Grady Williams, Paul Drews, Brian Goldfain, James M Rehg, Evangelos A Theodorou. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2016. [PDF][BibTex]

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